ERF project advisory board meeting held

Jul 31, 2013

ERF project advisory board meeting. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

The ERF Project Advisory Board members met on 31 July 2013 to review progress of UNDP Early Recovery Facility. The top six results achieved till date included: i) support to improved humanitarian coordination; ii) coordinated early recovery; iii) support to implementation of LCG-DER Action Plan; iv) improved capacity of Department of Disaster Management (DDM) for emergency preparedness and response (cold wave, cyclone, flood); v) Strengthened SURGE capacity for emergency response and early recovery; and vi) over 27,000 families benefited from ERF’s post disaster livelihood and shelter recovery interventions.

Presiding over the Board Meeting, Ms. Pauline Tamesis, UNDP Country Director, congratulated the project team for successful implementation of the project and the development partners (SDC and AusAID) for their partnership to this important project. Ms. Pauline highlighted CDMP and ERF as two important projects of UNDP in supporting the Government’s efforts in disaster risk reduction, response and early recovery.

Government Co-Chair of the Project Board, Mr. M A Wazed, Director General, DDM, informed about the joint work plan and the combined effort of CDMP and ERF in supporting DDM to implement the Disaster Management Act passed in 2012. Representative from Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, updated the Project Board about their recent field visit to the ERF’s disaster resilient shelter site in Khulna, and recommended that the shelter design should be used as model for similar interventions in cyclone and flood vulnerable districts.

The meeting also discussed the challenges in mobilizing resources following needs assessment that were undertaken following floods (July2012), Mahasen (May2013) and proposed that donor representatives and Government (ERD and MoDMR) to advocate for accessing the Climate Change Resilience Fund for financing early recovery needs. The meeting was attended by representatives from SDC, AusAid, ERD, MoDMR, and UNDP. The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks from the Chair, Co-chair and the Member-Secretary.